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Germany’s top political parties agree to binding boardroom quota to fix gender imbalance in business

Germany’s top parties, in talks on forming a government, agreed on Monday to a binding boardroom quota for women intended to fix a big gender imbalance in business. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and their likely coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SPD), said they planned to require listed…

Bill Clinton says the next American president should be a woman

Former US president Bill Clinton hopes there will be a woman in the White House in his lifetime and will support his wife Hillary in whatever she decides to do, he told a Chinese audience on Monday. Hillary, who earlier this year stepped down as US secretary of state, has…

27-year-old man in critical condition after shooting at French left-wing newspaper

A 27-year-old man was left fighting for his life Monday after being shot by an intruder at the Paris offices of left-wing French daily Liberation. The victim, a photographer’s assistant, was shot in the chest and stomach with a pump-action shotgun and was in a critical condition, police and the…

Violent tornadoes kill 6 and injure dozens in the midwest

Residents in several US midwestern cities sifted through piles of rubble Monday as they recovered from violent tornadoes that ripped through the region, killing at least six and injuring scores. Flights were grounded Sunday and tens of thousands of homes lost power as intense winds overturned cars, uprooted large trees…

French hostage in Nigeria escapes while abductors pray

French hostage Francis Collomp, 63, escaped his captors in Nigeria, the office of President François Hollande said in a statement on Sunday. Collomp had been held since being abducted by the Ansaru Islamist group on December 19, 2012. FRANCE 24’s correspondent in Nigeria, Aminu Abubacar, reported that there were no…

Google targets 100,000 search terms linked with online child sexual abuse

Juliette Garside, The Guardian Google is targeting 100,000 terms associated with online child sexual abuse in a move hailed by David Cameron, who will announce a series of measures to tackle the problem at a cyber-summit in Downing Street. The prime minister said that Google and Yahoo had “come a…

Teacher awarded $362,653 in defamation suit against former students for calling him a ‘perv’

False accusations of misconduct fuel the nightmares of grade school teachers, given the litigiousness and bureaucracy of the schoolhouse. But one former Catholic school teacher in California has achieved what his attorney called “complete vindication” against a cabal of Mean Girls-style student accusers, and their parents: a civil court judgment…

‘I survived the deadliest train crash in Amtrak’s history’

Brian Logan, The Guardian It was the midnight train to Georgia. I was 20 years old, a student travelling after a working holiday. Now I was leaving New Orleans, on board the sleeper bound for Savannah. This was the Sunset Limited, “the only true transcontinental passenger train in American history,”…

Body found of former Texas DA, retired two weeks, shot dead

The body of a recently-retired district attorney from Newton County, Texas, was found Friday evening about 150 miles away near Shreveport, La., dead from a gunshot wound according to a preliminary autopsy report. Police in Caddo Parish have the death of Robert Choate under investigation, but do not believe foul…

‘Pharmacist’ pope hands out ‘spiritual medicine’

Pope Francis on Sunday advised Catholics to take a special dose of spiritual medicine, offering some 20,000 boxes of “mercy” — containing rosaries — to pilgrims in St Peter’s Square. “I now want to suggest a medicine. ‘What?’ you ask, ‘the pope is now a pharmacist?’” Francis said, shaking a…

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